Showing posts from September, 2009

Does Twitter Make Sense To You?

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet?

In today’s electronic age, create a mouse trap and expect a thousand ways to improve or monetize it.

Twitter is like the Pipe Piper playing a tune of sweet, melodious music while millions follow; it’s a free mouse trap. Thousands have started spin off businesses based on Twitter existence.

Yes, the Piper’s music is attracting what appears to be little mindless creatures each, with one primary goal; to be followed. Most promise to follow back, anyone that follows them. A select few are followed by the thousands; they follow only a few or none at all.

To the uninitiated all the following seems senseless. Twitter can easily be discounted by the neophyte internet user as a waste of time because it’s simple and easy to use. The skeptic’s obvious question is; Why follow little pictures with short bios and constant chatter responding to “what are you doing right now?” Who really cares what anyone is doing? Hmmm Do you?

And while here. How many people can any one …

Let's Get Personal. How Do You Use It?

Are You Computer and Internet Literate?

To speed your success, twice a day form a clear mental picture for two minutes of the one thing you want; and tell yourself it's already yours. Imagine it is.

Know what I just realized? The Internet has changed people, where before it was the other way around. Most people are unaware that computer literacy comes in degrees of understanding.

Not because you can booth up, use MS Word, PowerPoint or Excel means that you are computer literate. Today a computer can be a useless machine without an Internet connection. My family is a perfect example of the stages of computer and Internet literacy.

I offer my 80 year old Mum as a statistic. Her curiosity about the computer finally bubbled over and she asked to use my laptop for a bit. Of course I obliged, turned it on and left her to explore, told her to do whatever she wanted.

Forty five minutes later I saw her intently staring at the screen. A little concerned, I peered at the screen mysel…

Do You Know Why Are You Here, Right Now, Reading This?

We Are All Motivated By Selfishness But We All Love People

You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life. -Les Brown

Most internet users, and this may include you, view the internet as an electronic connection to endless free information… for the most part they are right. It is certainly the largest man made reservoir of information on any topic, issue or idea under the sun. That’s when it was an infant gooing and gaaing.

But the Internet is no longer a child, it has grown up. The teenager has become social.

Originally, the Internet was primarily designed to share information, emails, then pictures and later small files. For most, email was an electronic marvel and dialup was the most available and annoying connection. Searching for free information drove hordes to the Internet, then Google was born.

Now you can “google” anything and get spot-on results. The more Google was able to give searchers what they wanted in a searc…

WARNING Be Careful About Taking The H1N1 Vaccine

You decide based on facts, knowing could save your life or the life of a child. Share this with your family and friends and the rest of the world. How does this make you feel?

I Only Put My Birth Date There Because It Was Required

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me. - Ellen Glasgow

I want to publicly say THANK YOU to all my friends all over the world for expressing Happy Birthday wishes to me by way of electronic cards, comments, emails,IMs and posts on social media sites.


Each greeting brought a smile to my face. A few were a little surprising, not of the greeting itself but surprised at the people who sent it. The surprise was that they took the time, even if it was a couple seconds, to send a greeting.

OK, I know, it does not take long but believe me I have seen many notices too and ignored them. I tell myself I’m too busy; but if I was, what am I doing on the site?

So for everyone who sad HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I say THANK YOU AGAIN.

Today I am, (snicker, if you don’t know, well…). One of life’s strange contradictions, children use fractions to tell their ages by the time they are teens they add a couple of years …

Social Media: Use It To Market Or Be Marketed To

The Games Have Begun, Are You A Player or Spectator?

"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests."~ John Stuart Mill

Whether you know it or not, you are an integral part of the electronic social media revolution. As an entrepreneur, small business or even a large corporation your most compelling question now should be: How do I coordinate the use of social media like Facebook,Twitter and Linkedin to maximize my business exposure and reap the obvious benefits?

Thought leaders are using social media platforms for essential business functions like public relations, customer service, brand loyalty, collaborating, networking and believe it or not customer acquisition. For example, one of the hottest trends on twitter today is “I wish”.

Modified to create a hash tag, “#iwish” (in tweetspeak means; I wish for this, that or anything in the world) it has no other meaning on Twitter. There are tweets all over the twittersphere drawing eyeballs…

The One Thing Most Entreprenuers Forget

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. -Abraham Lincoln

As entrepreneurs we are often fascinated by innovative products or services that only lacks the right person to make it a success. Usually, our due diligence confirms our initial gut feelings and shortly after we are in investment mode.

Relax, before you commit yourself and your resources, you must know the one thing that most entrepreneurs consistently ignores and which consistently comes back to bite them in the,..

Our intrinsic nature as human beings makes us focus of whatever we become enthused about. Products and services can and do make a true entrepreneur so enthusiastic that it sometimes fuddles their thinking. So much so that they ignore one of the most crucial aspects of marketing their product or service,

It is one of the leading causes of business failure. A simple question but the answer is vitally important:

Who will pay for this product or service?

In other words, who ar…

"What the F**K is Social Media: One Year Later"

Did the chicken come before the egg here? Social media has slowly evolved into a marketing resource and social global network.

There are over 45 popular social media sites the most popular being Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed, Linkedin, and a host of others too numerous to mention here. The point is that if you have been on the net for any length of time you belong to at least one of these networks and probably more. You are a part of the social media network. How could anyone say you don't understand its potential?

This textual video put out by SlideShare gives you ample reason to pay attention to the awesome potential of social media. (Use arrows to move slides forward). There are implications for every business in the world. Pay attention to the numbers. Watch the video then click the link below to begin learning how social traffic can exponentially increase your business exposure, reach and potential.

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3 Myths That Keep Millions Of Businesses Offline

“Stubborn and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of stupidity”

Well, duh, it’s expensive. It’s generally accepted in the business world that developing a website requires a significant investment. Add that to the fact that most traditional business people cannot see how a web presence could improve their business profits or operations and you will understand why millions of business people around the world think websites are useless.

This is not phenomenon that occurs solely with developing countries. Even in more developed countries like the United States. Canada and Europe there are still literally thousands, if not millions, of business people who resist taking their businesses online. As internet users grow in numbers these businesses are surely being left behind. For example, take a look at population trends for internet usage of the top 20 countries in the world.

The differences in countries vary and can be accounted for primarily by population and the eas…

3 Things I Disagreed With In The 2009 Trinidad & Tobago National Awards Ceremony

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."

As happens on every Independence day, outstanding Trinidad and Tobago nationals are recognized for their unintended contributions to the improvement of our small but great nation.

This year's 2009 Awards ceremony was funny but not laughable. I totally disagreed with a couple of the Excellence Awards handed out. Ok maybe, I should let it rest because there is nothing to be done about it now. And I know some would think that I'm not patriotic but it's exactly why I take my position. I'm not squeamish about an unpopular positions.

First, I don’t think that a fighter, a boxing champion, should have been awarded the highest award in the land. Don’t get me wrong, I loved her, and shedded a little tear when she met her untimely demise but what message does it send to our youths? Ah, is it suggesting that our youths take example and maybe box or fight their way to the pinnacle of ou…